Mario Kart Tour is finally ready for release. After an extended delay, Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart Tour will be available on Android and iOS in September 2019. Which is a full 18 months after Nintendo originally announced its latest mobile game.
Nintendo Ventures Into Mobile Gaming
In 2015, Nintendo announced that it was investing in mobile gaming. And not mobile gaming on the 3DS but mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets. At the time we asked whether Nintendo going mobile would be good or bad for gaming. And the jury is still out.
Nintendo started its foray into mobile gaming with Super Mario Run, which was free-to-try but with a hefty fee to unlock the whole game. We have since enjoyed Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a host of Pokemon titles, and, most recently, Dr. Mario World.
When Is Mario Kart Tour Being Released?
The next game on Nintendo’s release schedule is Mario Kart Tour, which will be available on Android and iOS from September 25, 2019. You can pre-order Mario Kart Tour on iOS and pre-register your interest on Android right now.
Pre-registration for Mario Kart Tour is now available! For more details, please click here: https://t.co/loB3wf6eOv#MarioKartTour will be available on 9/25. We hope you're looking forward to getting behind the wheel of this new game! pic.twitter.com/afPFp94iNi
— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) August 27, 2019
Mario Kart Tour will be free-to-play, with extra courses, characters, and other elements available to those willing to pay for the privilege. The game looks visually impressive, and if the gameplay matches the visuals then Mario Kart Tour could be a winner.
Mario Kart Tour should immediately feel familiar to anyone who has previously played a Mario Kart title. You choose a character, and then hopefully drive them to victory on a range of different courses against a range of different characters.
As you would expect, the controls have been simplified for mobile. You can turn your character’s kart either by tilting the device or dragging your finger across the screen. And drifting can either set to be automatic or controlled manually.
The Best Local Multiplayer Games on Mobile
We’ll only know how good Mario Kart Tour plays when it’s released on September 25, 2019. And we suspect the free-to-play mechanic will make or break this title. In the meantime, here are the best local multiplayer games on Android and iOS.